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Apr 30, 2015

Rugby-Cheika has Waratahs cap firmly on head for Brumbies clash

SYDNEY, April 30 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika has a dual provincial and international role this season but for 80 minutes in Canberra on Friday it will be all about the New South Wales Waratahs for the Wallabies coach.

With all but six of the 30 starters in the grudge match against the ACT Brumbies already capped by Australia, there will be players going up against their rivals for the Wallabies shirt all over the park.

Apr 29, 2015

IOC in talks with fifth city over 2024 bid: Bach

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee is in talks with a fifth city in addition to Boston, Hamburg, Rome and Paris over a possible bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Four of the six candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics dropped out and the IOC is desperate to avoid a repeat of that in the race to host the 2024 Summer showpiece.

Apr 29, 2015

Olympics-IOC in talks with fifth city over 2024 bid – Bach

SYDNEY, April 29 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee is in talks with a fifth city in addition to Boston, Hamburg, Rome and Paris over a possible bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Four of the six candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics dropped out and the IOC is desperate to avoid a repeat of that in the race to host the 2024 Summer showpiece.

Apr 29, 2015

Bach backs Australia bid for 2028 Olympics

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2028 would have a good chance of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) earlier this month offered its backing to a prospective bid for the 2028 Olympics by a group of mayors from southeast Queensland, centered on the city of Brisbane.

Apr 29, 2015

Olympics-Bach backs Australia bid for 2028 Olympics

SYDNEY, April 29 (Reuters) – A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2028 would have a good chance of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) earlier this month offered its backing to a prospective bid for the 2028 Olympics by a group of mayors from southeast Queensland, centred on the city of Brisbane.

Apr 24, 2015

Rugby-Cheika will consider Giteau, Smith, Mitchell for World Cup

SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika says he would be “stupid” not to consider Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell for Wallabies selection after the trio, who play their club rugby in France, became eligible this week.

The Australian Rugby Union, which like New Zealand and England had previously considered only home-based players for selection, partially reversed their policy on Wednesday to bring the three back into contention for this year’s World Cup.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Second place showdown highlights final weekend of A-League

SYDNEY, April 23 (Reuters) – With Melbourne Victory all but assured of topping the table heading into the A-League playoffs, the showdown between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix for second place is the highlight of the final weekend of the regular season.

After Perth Glory were banned from the post-season for salary cap breaches, the six teams who will feature in the knockout competition to decide the title have already been determined but exactly how they finish can be crucial.

Apr 22, 2015

Rugby-Smith, Giteau, Mitchell back in Wallabies World Cup frame

SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) – In one brief but groundbreaking announcement from the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday, George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell were offered the hope of reviving their Wallabies careers in time for this year’s World Cup.

The policy shift to allow foreign-based Australians to play test rugby for the first time was aimed at mitigating the impact of the exodus of talent at the end of the season but also handed Wallabies coach Michael Cheika a potential 266 caps worth of experience.

Apr 22, 2015

Rugby-Australia to allow overseas Wallabies for first time

SYDNEY, April 22 (Reuters) – For the first time experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs will be considered for selection for the Australia test team effective immediately, the Australian Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

The players must have won 60 caps and played for seven years in Super Rugby with an Australian team to qualify for the exemption, the ARU said in a statement.

Mar 30, 2015

Power reigns supreme at 11th World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the “most popular ever” and although most neutrals would have preferred New Zealand to win Sunday’s final, there is no doubt Australia were worthy of their fifth title.

Michael Clarke’s side had the best blend of deep batting, strong fielding and, most importantly, wicket-taking bowlers which made them fitting winners of a tournament where power was king.

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